New York, United States

Arlo NoMad

Rates from (ex tax)$99.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD113.60), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Glass tower

Setting

NoMad nest

Modern boutique hotel Arlo NoMad has New York City on its doorstep. Spacious communal areas include a library cum lounge, 24-hour eatery the Bodega and an Italian-Asian-inspired restaurant, Massoni. The walls are punctuated with bright modern art, and the small yet perfectly formed rooms are all about the big views, and tech-friendly touches and clean design lend a distinctly modern appeal (note: the glass-walled showers are not for the shy). Borrow one of the hotel’s stylish bikes to explore the city by day, then return to unwind at your choice of its two bars – a Sixties-style cocktail lounge and a glittering rooftop number with skyline appeal.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

249.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $99.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD99.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast ($15 for Continental; $20 for full English; à la carte from $12).

Also

You’ll find 24-hour pantry Bodega pouring out hot cups of joe and serving pizza slices and sandwiches on the ground floor. On the second floor, multi-use common area the Library shifts from being a co-working space during the day to an evening chill-out space, complete with board games and cocktail service from Barlo.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, bedside USB charging station, Bluetooth radio, mini-fridge and Blind Barber bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love Sky rooms for their three-sided wraparound glass windows; for the most iconic views over NYC, try to snag room 1100 or 2901. Generally, just aim for higher floors (you’ll thank us later).

Packing tips

Bring stylish boots for walking, and something sleek and a bit sultry for evenings at the Heights.

Also

All guest rooms are wheelchair-accessible and, as is typical in New York, average at a petite but perfectly formed 150sq ft.

Children

Welcome, but not catered to; the hotel is best for over-13s.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For prime people-watching, and a space right next to your date, go for the cushier seats that line the room.

Dress Code

Make a subtle nod to Asian style, and you’ll fit right in.

Hotel restaurant

The exposed brick walls of Massoni are punctuated with pops of bright colour thanks to the work of graffiti muralist Ewok. This modern, ‘inauthentic Italian’ restaurant is helmed by ‘Top Chef’ contestant Dale Talde, who concocts Italian-Asian fusion delights. Try the tortellini with phở or the biryani arancini; the pizzas, many of which have Asian-inspired toppings, are a favourite. Breakfast options range from eggs-many-ways to breakfast pizzas and polenta pancakes; there are classic coffees and a trio of breakfast cocktails to choose from, too.

Hotel bar

There are two: Barlo and the Heights. Barlo’s design pays homage to Sixties style, and has a secrete hygge-toned chill-out area draped in fairy lights and sheepskins. Try the rosemary-infused gin Forest Hills cocktail while you’re there. Rooftop bar the Heights is a nod to the neighbourhoods of New York; cocktails are named in honour of each one. Sip on a Caribbean-rum Washington Heights cocktail and take in the views from the 36th floor.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from noon to 4pm, and dinner from 5pm to 11pm.

Room service

None, but you won’t go hungry. Raid your in-room minibar or head down to 24-hour Bodega, which dishes out coffee and a daily selection of pizza and sandwiches.

Location

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Address
Arlo NoMad
11 E 31st St
New York City
10016
New York City
United States

Planes

LaGuardia is the closest airport, only eight miles away (a 25-minute drive); arrange hotel transfers to or from the hotel for $75 each way. The drive to JFK usually takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Trains

Penn Station, the hub for Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) is just five minutes from the hotel by car.

Automobiles

Taxis and public transportation options are plentiful, so having a car isn’t really necessary. However, if you do bring wheels, valet parking is $55 (plus tax) a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes – a much sleeker and more stylish option than the Citi bikes – to explore the city, or stroll around Madison Square Park and pretend you’re a local with coffee in hand, as you admire pampered pups and views of the Empire State Building. There’s nothing musty or dusty about New Museum at 235 Bowery, which exhibits creations by off-the-radar artists, including works in digital media.

Local restaurants

For Italian bar-style dining, great pastries and delicious gelato, secure a spot at a communal table in Tarallucci e Vino in Union Square. Momofuku, on 171 First Avenue, serves up heavenly fare, including practically perfect pizza pie and flavour-bomb noodles. Sexy, low-lit Boqueria, on West 19th Street in the Flatiron District, serves up crispy croquettes, matured Serrano ham and ice-cold white sangria.

Local cafés

For authentic coal-brick oven pizza, get thee to Grimaldi’s on 6th Avenue, where they’ll construct a pie to suit any palate. Don’t leave without the cannoli. Named after the owner’s pet turtle, cash-only bar, bakery and café Penelope at Lexington and 30th is the essential stop-off for home-style comfort foods such as Nutella-stuffed French toast, mac and cheese, and ladle-loads of home-made meatballs.

Local bars

No fuss or hype, just a low-key atmosphere, a wide-ranging wine list and  cracking martinis at Black Door on West 26th. Order a classic cocktail at Jazz Age-inspired Flatiron Lounge on West 19th Street, where bartenders serve ideal renditions of the sidecar and sazerac.

Reviews

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D. Graham Kostic

Anonymous review

After a delayed flight and mid-afternoon traffic getting into Manhattan, I arrived at the Arlo NoMad hotel with all guns blazing. Not to mention: completely starving.

‘Where’s the nearest oyster bar?’ I asked the concierge as I handed over my ID and credit card. My delay had set me back three hours and I had second-row seats for Cats on Broadway starting at 7pm, after all. Long story short: I had no time to fool around. I added: ‘Somewhere that will have a lively atmosphere right now.’

The man with a million-dollar smile at the front desk successfully managed to simultaneously check me in and jot down the address and directions for the perfect pre-theater shellfish. It was my first ‘Ahhh’ moment at the Arlo. The second? ‘The bodega behind you is open 24 hours,’ he added.

The bodega he was referring to is a main feature of the bright, bubbly lobby. A small line of hotel guests and Midtown passers-by belly up to the no-frills bar that serves up a deliciously strong brew, breakfast toasts and a variety of pizzas that I indulged in more than once during my two-night stay. Yes, the pizza was that good.

I had booked a Queen Sky Room, so hopped in the elevator. Inside number 2302, a charming jewel-box of a room flooded with light awaited me. With floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls, the Arlo NoMad proved to be a perfect, sky-high perch looking out over 31st and Madison. The room was small but incredibly well-appointed. The real surprise? A sizeable shower stocked with Blind Barber toiletries. Yes, I was starving. Yes, I had tickets to a show. But let me just sit here and bask in the sunlight pouring through the windows, I thought. There was something about the space that made me incredibly happy. I learned later that there are also rooms with terraces, and the thought of returning and booking a balcony room made me squeal out loud.

The concept at the Arlo NoMad, I had read, is all about creating an inviting environment focusing on small spaces paired with just the essentials. You know the schtick they’re after: we have only what you need because in a city as vibrant as New York, you’re most likely out exploring and networking and hustling. And, in my particular case, seeing Broadway shows. So while the rooms are compact, they’re the perfect space to refresh and recharge in. Unlike other boutique hotels with a similar modus operandi, there’s still a genuinely warm level of sophisticated charm and excellent service—not that fake, thin veneer-type service you find in other properties with cute names and trendy logos. On top of that, the Arlo NoMad boasts shared spaces that are inspired, cosy and designed to be used. I spent the morning reading in their library, slurped an entire bowl of bucatini at celebrity chef Dale Talde’s restaurant Massoni, sipped a post-theatre cocktail at their second-floor bar (ironically, the best Manhattan I’ve had in a long while), and although it wasn’t open during my stay, managed a sneaky peek at a truly impressive rooftop patio. And let’s be honest: I’ve seen a lot of rooftop patios in my day. This one is pure gold, people.

The following morning, after grabbing an avocado toast from the bodega and realising I was quickly racking up quite the tab, I decided to forgo cabs to save some cash and took out a hotel rental bike instead. My city pursuits were purely touristic. I biked through Central Park and to the Empire State Building and to a matinee of Amélie at the Walter Kerr theatre. Did I mention? Their bike rentals are free. Yes, free.

I returned to the hotel in the late afternoon and, on the wall opposite the elevator in the lobby, spotted a collage-board of NYC love notes from previous guests. With pencils and pads of colorful paper, one is encouraged to share favorite restaurants and Manhattan memories for other guests. So, on bright pink paper, I jotted down: ‘Take a bike out. It’s not as scary as you think. There’s no better way to feel a part of NYC than to be yelled at by cab drivers. Reward yourself with a beer at Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.’ I tacked it to the wall and read the other notes suggesting ‘Momofuku Noodle Bar was the most delicious meal that I’ve ever tasted in my entire life!’ and advice like ‘Tell George at Rudy’s that Ellen and Adam from Tennessee sent you!’ I got a real kick out of seeing the joy spread by fellow guests.

I retired to my cheery room, just in time to take an indulgent but quick nap before heading back uptown to see Sunday in the Park with George at 8pm: the pièce de résistance of my madcap week of Broadway shows. I was about to draw the curtains, but found myself staring out of the windows across the concrete expanse, charmed by the end-of-day light bouncing off my own personal skyline. Perhaps the best piece of theatre, I thought, is right in front of me.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Arlo NoMad’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The super friendly staff and the amazing food in the restaurant!

Don’t expect

Big rooms – this is NYC!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jun 2017

We loved

Pretty much everything! The location was great, the room just ideal and the rooftop bar was amazing. Loved the high-end modern feel, the way that we were treated and also how everything was in easy reach (including great coffee from the Bodega on the ground floor). The access to a local gym (a really good one) pleased my husband no end. We will definitely return. $1 oysters at happy hour at various places within a 5min walk – ace!

Rating

Stayed on 1 Jun 2017

We loved

The restaurant and bars.

Don’t expect

The rooms are all very very small. Clean, modern but extremely compact.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Mar 2017

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